Jogging Some Miles. Tyra

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Master Box Ltd, out of the Ukraine, has been a leader in 1/35 figures for a while. They expanded into 1/24 female and fantasy figures in 2016, starting with their first series of six female figures representing the World War II era. This current series, Dangerous Curves, is ideal for modern automotive or truck vignettes and dioramas. Tyra is the latest edition following eight previous kits. I’m sure there will be more on their way.

The kit comes in a standard end-opening box. Pulling out the parts, you will first see that the box is probably three times too large, but in return, you get a nice painting on the cover by V. Petelin, and instructions on the back with color callouts in Vallejo, Lifecolor, Tamiya, and Mastercolor. I will note that the plastic figure sculpted by A. Gagarin is not identical to the cover paining, but it is very close. The figure represents a female jogger in a nice action pose. Packaging of the eight parts are protected within a re-sealable bag.

I would recommend that you wash all the parts to remove any remaining mold release. There are small mold lines present on the parts, but they are easily cleaned up with sandpaper or a #11-scalpel blade. I used Tamiya Extra Thin cement and found it was just perfect for this kit.

I began by cleaning up the few sprue attachments and the fine mold lines. Test fitting showed that overall part fit was going to be very good. The parts are broken down to enhance painting and minimize seams. I glued the two legs together and no putty was required for the join. I glued the torso together and then attached her head to her torso. I did have to use a bit of putty for the upper shoulder seam. Next up was to glue the arms on. You have a bit of play here so you can adjust the arms as you see fit. The final add was her hair, which again you can adjust a bit to suit your preferences.

After that, it's all painting. One of the fun aspects of this kit is that you can paint her just about any way you wish. I base coated everything with Tamiya semi-gloss black (TS-29). I used Vallejo Model Air and Model Color paints throughout and had no issues.

I painted her jogging tights Oxford Blue (70-807). Her jogging top was painted Red (71-269) followed by a Transparent Red (70-934). All exposed skin was base coated with Medium Flesh (70-860), followed by dry brushing Flat Flesh [70-955]. I highlighted with Rosy Flesh (72-100) and Dark Flesh [70-927]. Her upper and lower lips were painted Transparent Red (70-934). I painted a faint line on her eyes to simulate eyelashes. Her hair and eyebrows were painted a German Red Brown (71-271) before dry brushing her hair with Transparent Red (70-934) for highlights. I used Red Shade Transparent Wash (73-206) on the middle of her face to give her cheeks a rosy look. I used an Umber Shade Transparent Wash (73-203) on her exposed skin. Her eyes were outlined in German Grey (70-995) followed by a streak of Aged White (71-132). The irises were painted USAF Brown (71-125) followed by German Grey (70-995) for the pupils. The phone armband was painted German Grey (70-995) with Gold (70-996) trim on the phone. I used a Red Shade Transparent Wash (73-206) on the gold paint to give it a rose color.

There really is not any way to screw this one up, and like the other figures in the series, she can enhance your 1/24 automotive or truck vignette or diorama. I am looking forward to completing another kit in this series!

Highly Recommended

My thanks, of course, to Master Box Ltd for delivering this excellent figure and to IPMS/USA for giving me a chance to assemble and paint it.


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